Reiterating that Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother should also be allowed to meet him, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that Islamabad must ensure that former navy officer's family members are not "questioned or harassed" during their stay in Pakistan. In its response, New Delhi conveyed to Islamabad that Jadhav's mother would also like to travel with her daughter-in-law to Pakistan.
"If the leaders of the Pakistan start making their own decisions, they will no longer face external pressure", the Mumbai attack mastermind said.
India has also made it clear that Jadhav's wife will be accompanied by his mother too, whose request for a visa is still pending with the Pakistan Foreign office. "We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Pakistan, shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting", he added.
Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was arrested by Pakistan counter-terrorism officials in March 2016 on the suspicion that he was involved in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi.
45-year-old Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for "espionage" in April this year which was later stayed by ICJ till the disposal of the case in the United Nations court. But, ICJ stayed his execution on India's appeal since then he is in the imprisonment of Pakistan.
Pakistan has denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.
Hoping that Pakistan would facilitate visit by the wife and mother of Jadhav, Kumar said the government determined to "pursue all measures" with "full vigour" so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian. However, this offer of Pakistan is a surprise for the Indian side.
The demand that an Indian diplomat be allowed as an escort is different from the request for consular access.